Europe's latest weather satellite MSG-4 delivers first image

Wednesday 05th Aug 2015 by theWeather Club

On 4th August 2015, the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on MSG-4 captured its first image of Earth. This indicates that it is performing well and is on its way to becoming fully operational. 

MSG-4 is Europe's latest geostationary weather satellite and was launched on 15 July 2015. Once released from the Ariane 5 luncher, it was raised into a geostationary orbit some 36,000 km above the equator.

Meteosat data is essential to nowcasting of high impact weather in support of safety of life and property; it has been shown to improve weather forecasts and severe weather warnings which therefore helps limit damage to property and provide benefits industry e.g. agriculture, transport and energy.

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